about us

Now in its eighth decade, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra is a much loved cultural institution and a ‘source of pride’ to 87% of Tasmanians, according to a recent survey. In addition to performing to its substantial subscriber audiences in Hobart and Launceston, the TSO reaches a broad cross-section of listeners in both cities with free outdoor concerts, performs in regional Tasmania, attracts newcomers to classical music with its Live Sessions concerts, performs in schools and community centres, and collaborates with Mona Foma, Dark Mofo, Victorian Opera and the Australian National Academy of Music, among other organisations.

Interstate touring in recent years has taken the orchestra to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. In December 2016-January 2017 the TSO made a highly successful tour of the Chinese provinces of Jiangsu, Fujian and Shanghai, giving nine concerts in seven cities.

A much recorded orchestra, the TSO has more than 80 CDs in its catalogue, including more than 20 in the Australian Composer Series on ABC Classics and 16 in the Romantic Piano Concerto Series on the British label Hyperion. Founded in 1948, the TSO is a 47-piece ensemble. For works that require choral forces, the TSO is joined by the TSO Chorus, an auditioned group of approximately 80 voices. Eivind Aadland is the orchestra’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Designate.

the tasmanian symphony orchestra


Eivind Aadland

Chief Conductor & Artistic Director

Marko Letonja

Conductor Laureate

Johannes Fritzsch

Principal Guest Conductor

Elena Schwarz

Associate Conductor


Emma McGrath


Sercan Danis

Associate Concertmaster

Lucy Carrig-Jones

Principal Second

Jennifer Owen

Principal First Violin

Miranda Carson

Yue-Hong Cha

Edwina George

Elinor Lea

Michael Johnston

Christine Lawson

Alison Lazaroff-Somssich

Susanna Low

Christopher Nicholas

Rohana O'Malley


Stefanie Farrands

Principal Viola

Douglas Coghill

Anna Larsen Roach

Rodney McDonald

William Newbery


Sue-Ellen Paulsen

Principal Cello

Jonathan Békés 

Ivan James

Martin Penicka

double bass

Stuart Thomson

Principal Double Bass

Aurora Henrich

James Menzies


Douglas Mackie

Principal Flute

Lloyd Hudson


David Nuttall

Principal Oboe

Dinah Woods

Oboe/Cor Anglais

Andrew Seymour

Principal Clarinet

Tahnee van Herk

Principal Bassoon

John Panckridge



Heath Parkinson

Principal Third Horn

Roger Jackson

Greg Stephens

Yoram Levy

Principal Trumpet

Mark Bain

Jonathon Ramsay

Principal Trombone

David Robins

Mitchell Nissen

Principal Bass Trombone

Tim Jones

Principal Tuba


Matthew Goddard

Principal Timpani

Gary Wain

Principal Percussion

tso management & administration

Caroline Sharpen CEO
Shaunagh O’Neill Executive Assistant
Jenny Compton Learning and Engagement Executive

Sarah Morrisby Director Philanthropy
Cath Adams Partnerships and Philanthropy Executive
Brooke Everingham Philanthopy and Events Coordinator

Artistic Management
Simon Rogers Director Artistic Planning
June Tyzack Chorusmaster
David Horn Acting Chorus and Artistic Coordinator
Meriel Owen Acting Artist Liason 

Business Services
John De Paoli Director Business Services
Sharon Winters Business Services Executive
Hayden Jones Business Services Officer
Amanda Elder Payroll Officer

People and Culture 
Jenny Goulding Director People and Culture

Marketing and Sales
Samuel Cairnduff Director Marketing and Communications
Robert Gibson Publications Editor
Vacancy Manager Marketing and Communications
Cath Adams Partnerships and Philanthropy Executive
Darrell Jones Box Office Manager
Elisa Carminati Customer Service Consultant
Amanda Elder Customer Service Consultant
Deirdre Paramor Customer Service Consultant

Orchestra Management
Jacqui Walkden Director Operations
Nadeena Beck Orchestra Coordinator
Ian Wollstein Technical Coordinator
David Harvey Orchestra Librarian
Brian Harris Production Assistant


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